Active Latin for Today's Learners


November 14th at noon, EST

with Laura Manning

In this talk, Laura Manning will discuss her use of Active Latin pedagogy to teach Latin during 2020 and 2021. Active Latin describes ways of teaching Latin where students are cognitively invested in using Latin while they are learning to read Latin, resulting in high levels of student engagement. All learning tasks have been designed to lead to the ultimate goal of reading Latin that was written during all eras of Latin literature. This way of teaching is grounded in the research that Laura conducted at the University of Kentucky and in classrooms in 2019, incorporating pedagogical ideas that were used during and after the Renaissance when speakers such as Cassandra Fedele were using Latin, already linguistically a dead language, to communicate.

About our Speaker

Laura Manning is an education researcher and a Latin teacher. Laura's experience in teaching spans diverse environments and different levels from Introductory Latin through AP. Her teaching experience includes face-to-face courses that meet on various schedules, blended courses, and courses delivered entirely online. Early on in the course of her teaching career, Laura developed an interest in active Latin teaching methods. She has been facilitating the active use and acquisition of Latin in the Conventiculum Lexintoniense in Kentucky, and has been an avid participant since 2004. In 2014, she made the decision to go back to school in order to increase her understanding of the Latin language and literature from all ages and how to teach it.
In August 2016 at the University of Kentucky, Laura earned her Master's Degree in Classics and the Graduate Certificate in Latin studies, which is a degree in spoken Latin. In August 2021 at the University of Kentucky, she received her PhD in Education Sciences with a focus on Latin active pedagogy, investigating teaching methods that have supported the teaching of Latin as a second language for millennia.




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